Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2

Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2

by Alexander Gordon Smith
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Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2 by Alexander Gordon Smith

Alex tried to escape.

He had a perfect plan.

He was almost free. Even felt the cool, clean air on his face.

Then the dogs came.

Now he's locked in a place so gruesome—so hellish—that escape doesn't even matter.

He just wants to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312674762
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Escape from Furnace Series , #2
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 48,047
Product dimensions: 8.04(w) x 5.54(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the Escape from Furnace series, including Lockdown. Born in 1979 in Norwich, England, he always wanted to be a writer. After experimenting in the service and retail trades for a few years, Smith decided to go to University. He studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and it was here that he first explored his love of publishing. Along with poet Luke Wright, he founded Egg Box Publishing, a groundbreaking magazine and press that promotes talented new authors. He also started writing literally hundreds of articles, short stories and books ranging from Scooby Doo comic strips to world atlases, Midsomer Murders to X-Files. The research for these projects led to countless book ideas germinating in his head. His first book, The Inventors, written with his nine-year-old brother Jamie, was published in the U.K. in 2007. He lives in England.

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Solitary 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sentenced to life without parole in the hellish prison known as Furnace, Alex has come to know the horrors the prison holds - the black suits with their shark-like grins, the wheezers and their gas masks, the dull red wash of the bloodwatch light. However, Alex attempted the impossible. He tried to escape. In this sequel to LOCKDOWN, Alex's jump for freedom into the raging underground river takes him to a new gallery of terrors. Alex must face the dark hole - solitary confinement - for his breach of the prison's security. Left alone in the pitch black, cut off from human interaction, Alex is left vulnerable to Furnace's tormentors, including the "rats," a group of former Furnace inmates who are closer to animal than human. They, though, give Alex a clue as to what is really going on in Furnace. Where do the wheezers take the inmates they choose during the bloodwatch? This book is a strong sophomore effort for Gordon's ESCAPE FROM FURNACE series. The descriptive language the author uses gives the reader a full-color picture of what's happening every step of the way, which is very important for an action series like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authour does an excellent job of making you feel what Alex does....its a bit disturbing actually. Fantastic book, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced, gut-wretching story. This will definately leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more.
Gia-wa More than 1 year ago
This is a series that is unforgettable and you'll never want to put it down! I reccomend it for kids 12 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solitary review  This is my personal review on solitary  Alex and his friends try to escape Furnace Penitentiary. Their escape attempt only lands them deeper in the depths of this prison. Their failed escape puts them in solitary confinement. And that's where a whole new struggle begins  not to let the hellish conditions overwhelm them of being alone in the dark Because before another escape attempt is even possible, they must first survive the nightmare that now haunts their endless night’s, darkness and pure silence perfect conditions for insanity. The characters: Alex(protagonist) : I really respect  this character. He’s been through and yet it seems like he always gets rational again after talking with Zee. He’s been through it all; sadness, weakness, loneliness, anger, rage, suicide thoughts. But he always showed how strong, determined, logical, smart and dependable he can be.  Zee (protagonist): Alex’s friend and accomplice in escape. Despite his small size and weak body, he keeps supporting and trying to protect Alex whenever he can. He is clumsy at times but he he’s very friendly and smart. He goes through a lot too. Donovan (protagonist): Alex and Zee best friend who was taken at the end of Lockdown by the blood watch he returns in this sequel but his presence is neither pleasurable nor much. I have no idea what to think and still having some hope for him he was really likeable character in lockdown.  Gary (antagonist): A new Skull leader who decides to jump with the boys at the end of Lockdown. He’s very hard to understand and get along with. He is a complete psycho path!  The Warden (antagonist): He is the one who runs Furnace. His appearance as described by Alex is that of a soulless being that when he speaks it trembles your soul it feels as if his presence was near you while he’s talking.  - The writing as in the Lockdown was awesome I love how Alexander Gordon smith puts the suspense. It was well paced and everything was in enough detail and yet it had some aspect of mystery. So although there was enough decryption, there were moments when you could sense something was kept hidden it. The suspense was good. I liked how all the settings were well pictured in my mind. - The storyline however is different from the first one. We get to see other aspects and discover more secrets about Furnace and its horrors. - The characters, by which I mean Alex and Zee, somewhat grew up and developed a new sense of responsibility and commitment. They matured in this book in a lot of ways on how they thought and acted. -  I would highly recommend this book but I would recommend reading lock down first. Gutierrez, Luis 
Taxandria More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book, just as action packed and suspenseful as Lockdown. The author doesn't waste time getting right into the story and making you feel like you're right there with Alex. Where's number 3 already?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was ok...but it wasnt THAT good. I went into the book loving the first and it just was a sad attempt to recreat the story. Dont get me wrong, i LOVE the other ones, this was the worst one. Sorry if i dissapointed any of you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! Fast paced, fun, and just pure awesome. This series helped me get back into reading! Yay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am almost a teenager and this book is so fast pace. I cant put it down i give it a 6/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All y Y
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with you...i qickly git tired of hearing about TH HOLE..... i stopped caring about the hole after the 3rd chapter. There was just to mich sbout th hole and not enough out the characters
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the book is mainly him in the hole.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How was Solitary?How was Solitary? I can truly sat that I loved reading all of Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith.  It continues Lockdown [the previous book] With Alex’s creative escape plan not quite working and he and Zee are sent to the hole.  Soon they are picked up by a new set of friends with their own faulty escape plan.  Since they need some way to get out Alex comes up with the brilliant idea of climbing the incinerator.  Unfortuanetly it gets turned on and the almost successful group is captured.  It is one of the best cliff hangers I have read in quite some time.  I gave it five stars because of the suspense, how it made you feel what Alex could feel, and the books format. I enjoyed the intense suspense because it left you with many exiting thoughts of is he going to make it, or, what are they going to do to him.  For instance when Alex and his gang are racing down a tunnel away from the rats I was thinking those thoughts.  Another time these thoughts came to me was when the warden sentenced Zee and Alex to the hole.  That’s why I liked the suspense. Furthermore, in this novel one could almost feel what Alex felt as he described his vivid feelings and emotions.  One time was when he was in the hole and thinking about what his family would say to him and I felt like I was hearing his Grandmother reprimand him.  Also when he was climbing the incinerator I could feel his hopes and dreams. Lastly, I loved this book for the format.  I believe it was set up as a cause and effect as Alex would do something and then something worse would happen.  For example, he tried to escape and was punished or when he blew up the tunnel and his newfound friend Ben was killed. For those reasons I think solitary is a fantastic show of Alexander’s skill meant for young adults.  JeremyRCHMS14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But the bad thing was it could have been a little longer
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book but when i read the discription it just ruined some of the book but the first bokk was amazing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was very fast paced and made it very hard for me to put it down. It is written in a way that really makes you fell what Alex feels. I definately enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody ho is looking for a fast-paced book. Especially if you are a teenage boy, such as me. It was great and I am enjoying reading the next books.
Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Looking forward to reading book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever cillin and scary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very inventive story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All five books are out already
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok why in the world did they go up the chimeny and not the freaking cave if the rats were gone i mean come on be smart people its freaking comon sense and why didnt he write "my name is alex sawyer" on his arm in blood or something
Anonymous More than 1 year ago